FROM SEPTEMBER 1st 2014, ESL LANGUAGE SCHOOLS HAS BECOME ALPADIA LANGUAGE SCHOOLS / NEW WEBSITE COMING END 2014
FROM SEPTEMBER 1ST 2014, ESL LANGUAGE SCHOOLS HAS BECOME

Renamed in 2014, ALPADIA benefits from the heritage of ESL Language Schools’ two decades of experience in language education. ALPADIA offers all year round schools for adults and summer camp junior programs in Switzerland, France, Germany and England.
Each year, our schools welcome more than 6,000 students from all over the world.

We are completely redesigning and updating our website to better serve you.
Until then, www.esl-schools.org is still in use.

To download our new 2015 Adult Language Courses Abroad and Junior Summer Camp brochures, please click on the thumbnails below.

Table of progression

Progress on a European level

Our course structure and level testing are based on the Common European Framework of Reference  for languages (CEFR).

After many years of research, the official CEFR document was published in 2001 by the Council of Europe. It helps determine the candidate’s language level in terms of his/her knowledge in various skills groups. 6 different language levels were defined and serve as a reference in the language learning and teaching sector. An EU Council Resolution recommended the use of this Council of Europe grid to establish systems to determine language ability. Nowadays, it is an essential reference document.

The table below is a summary of the CEFR grid. It will show you the language level that you can achieve during your stay as well as the level required to take one of the official French / German exams offered in our ESL schools.
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Proficient use of the language

Very advanced [C2]
You understand everything you read or hear in a range of subjects. You understand the subtleties of the language and easily interpret complex documents. You express yourself correctly and fluently without hesitation. You can debate complex subjects.

Advanced [C1]
You understand the specifics of complex texts and oral outputs on subjects relating to social and professional life. You express yourself with confidence and precision when discussing a range of topics..

Autonomous use of the language

Upper intermediate [B2]
You understand detailed information in texts or oral output dealing with a familiar, concrete or abstract topic. You express yourself clearly about subjects that you are interested in.

Intermediate [B1]
You understand the important information in texts and oral output about known or expected situations. You express yourself with ease on subjects dealing with everyday life.

Elementary use of the language

Upper elementary [A2]
You can understand practical information in simple, messages of everyday life. You can make yourself understood in familiar and expected situations.

Elementary [A1]
You understand short phrases if known or repeated. You can express your basic needs. You can identify and reproduce single words or memorised expressions.
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